[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club recording available: Ecuador Trip

2022-11-19 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
A recording of last Monday's presentation on the Cayuga Bird Club's trip to southern Ecuador by Jody Enck, Stephanie Herrick, and Robyn Bailey is now available at: https://youtu.be/G4EO-WO3A7I Thanks, Matt, for the recording. Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] CBC recording: Birding South Texas

2022-10-13 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
A recording of Monday's CBC presentation by Suan Yong (yes, me) on Birding South Texas is now available at: https://youtu.be/3l8rutMk_o0 Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Youth Birding Fall Meetings (First one this weekend!)

2022-10-11 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
*REGISTRATION LINK BELOW, THANKS!* *Feel free to share with local families with youth interested in birds ages 10+* *Youth Birding* *with focus on programming for young people ages 10 and up* The Joint Youth Commission (JYC) and Rural Youth Services(RYS)/4-H Programs are teaming up to offer a

[cayugabirds-l] Ithaca Young Birder Program

2022-09-23 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
The Cayuga Bird Club is collaborating with Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County (CCETC) to start a Young Birder program this Fall. Our first event will be a Youth Bird Walk on Sunday, October 2, 2022, from 10am to 11:30am at Sapsucker Woods, with Beth Bannister and Suan Yong. We invite

[cayugabirds-l] Jennifer Fee's talk

2022-09-13 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
The Cayuga Bird Club's presentation last night by Jennifer Fee titled "Through the Lens of Birds: Connecting Kids to Nature" was recorded and is now available at: https://youtu.be/tPZw_qgv_8Q Enjoy! Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Questions re (1) Scarlet Tanager, and (2) Juvenile Peregrine (not together)

2022-08-02 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
I know that Scarlet Tanagers use chick-burr as an alarm call, though that may not be the only purpose of that call. Four hours of alarms seems excessive, though I suppose there could've been a hawk or owl snoozing nearby. Last year when the Taughannock peregrines just fledged, they landed pretty

[cayugabirds-l] Downy or Hairy?

2022-07-12 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Look at these photos from a nest found in Genoa (in a low-coverage priority block): https://www.facebook.com/groups/cayugabirdclub/permalink/5287965897907849/ The bill says (to me) Hairy, yet the outer tail feather has spots, and the red at the back of the head is not split. I know the latter

[cayugabirds-l] Jetty Woods Cormorants (was Re: Frontenac Island in Cayuga Lake)

2022-07-12 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On Mon, Jul 11, 2022 at 6:38 PM bob mcguire wrote: > > Come stand sometime under the cormorant colony at Jetty Woods - in the > spring. (Wear a hat with a broad brim!) Listen to the croaks of the adults > and the barks of the young. You might grimace. It makes me smile!! Only the colony isn't

[cayugabirds-l] Blackpoll

2022-05-19 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Heard a Blackpoll Warbler at 4-H Acres today around noon, adding to the chorus of resident redstart, chestnut-sided, yellowthroat, scarlet tanager, wood thrush, baltimore oriole, and chipping sparrow. Also a one-time cackling of a cuckoo, yellow-billed, I think. Tons of spongy moth caterpillars

Re: [cayugabirds-l] First black-billed cuckoo

2022-05-14 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Saw a silent Yellow-billed Cuckoo around noon today at Hawthorn Orchard, at the northwest corner in the clearing near the recway. That and five silent relatively-photogenic Scarlet Tanagers (three males, two females) were the highlights of my brief late-morning visit there. Suan --

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Red headed woodpecker

2022-05-11 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Yesterday while volunteering with 5th graders at the Lab of O, I saw a bluejay-like bird but with all-white secondaries against an otherwise dark wing. I didn't have binoculars on me and was soon distracted by other stuff. But on further reflection, Red-headed Woodpecker is the only bird I can

[cayugabirds-l] Osprey webinar recording

2022-05-10 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
A recording of yesterday's Cayuga Bird Club webinar is now available at: https://tinyurl.com/cbc-2022-05-ospreys Ospreys and Overheads: Working Together to Build and Rebuild by Paul Paradine. Recording will be available for about a month (until around June 9, 2022). Thanks Paul for an

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club May 2022 meeting

2022-05-08 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
This is just a reminder to join us for tomorrow's Cayuga Bird Club webinar, where Paul Paradine and Kraig Senter will describe their work with NYSEG installing Osprey nest platforms. Register free for the Zoom meeting at: https://tinyurl.com/cbc2022-05 More details below. This will be our last

[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [eatonbirdingsociety] [GeneseeBirds-L] Bird of Prey Days at Braddock Bay - Raptor Research Talks This Weekend!

2022-04-21 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Bird of Prey Days this weekend near Rochester, more information below. Moderate south winds in this weekend's forecast might make for decent hawk migration, with air temps getting warm and not so "BBRR" :-). Suan Begin forwarded message: *From: *Daena Ford *Subject: **[GeneseeBirds-L] Bird of

[cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese Video

2022-03-19 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
If you missed the snow goose spectacle earlier this month, I put together a video: https://youtu.be/rOWvblegw1Y It sounds like the mucklands flock may have left? But conceivably some on Cayuga Lake may still be around? Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Beginner Bird Walks, Saturdays @ CLO

2022-01-31 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Beginner Bird Walks are restarting this month, every Saturday 8:30am-10:00am. Meet at the Lab of O main entrance. These 90-minute walks, led by Cayuga Bird Club volunteers, are targeted toward beginners, but all levels are welcome. Binoculars are available for loan. We ask that you adhere to

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club - January meeting 1/10/21 7:30 pm TONIGHT!

2022-01-10 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On Mon, Jan 10, 2022 at 12:47 PM Donna Lee Scott wrote: > > Link to register not working… Try this: https://tinyurl.com/cbc2022-01 Suan > On Jan 10, 2022, at 12:44 PM, Laura Stenzler wrote: > >  > It's time for one of the Cayuga Bird Club's favorite meetings - Monday, > January 10th @

[cayugabirds-l] Bufflehead and Snowy Owl Videos

2021-12-19 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Given the clear weather on Friday before this messier weekend weather, I took the afternoon off driving around the lake, and got some nice video footage. First are buffleheads with the male's head feathers iridescing in the sun at Union Spring's factory pond (a good spot for pretty close views of

Re: [cayugabirds-l] A great read for birders to consider by Bryan Pfeiffer

2021-12-10 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Very engaging discussion about emission-awareness while birding. Let me throw in a few cents. Broadening the scope of an outing to include more than birds is definitely a good idea. In past years, the Lab of O has collaborated with the Botanic Gardens to have bird walks at the Arboretum and


2021-12-07 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
to raise $500,000 for > land that New York bought from NYSEG? Why is FLLT still having to deal with > NYSEG? > > > https://ithacavoice.com/2021/12/nyseg-finger-lakes-land-trust-finalize-bell-station-land-deal/ > > Madonna Stallmann > > On Wed, Dec 1, 2021


2021-12-01 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-hochul-announces-agreement-protect-pristine-cayuga-lake-waterfront-property *For Immediate Release:* 12/1/2021 *GOVERNOR KATHY HOCHUL* *GOVERNOR HOCHUL ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO PROTECT PRISTINE CAYUGA LAKE WATERFRONT PROPERTY* *Governor Announces

[cayugabirds-l] Crow and Harrier

2021-11-27 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Around midday today I pulled over somewhere east of Aurora to watch a Northern Harrier eating something in the middle of a field, with an American Crow standing about ten feet away. Nothing too unusual so far. Presently a second Northern Harrier approaching from afar, and when it got closer, guess

Re: [cayugabirds-l] More loon migration

2021-11-24 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Bill Evans made similar observations on Facebook yesterday: 11/23, 8:43am: Huge flotilla of 800+ loons aborted southbound flight due to lake effect snow and are headed back toward Cayuga Lake over 96b valley in Danby. 11/23 10:07am: Follow up: As the dense lake effect band moved south of Danby

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Meeting

2021-11-09 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
If you missed last night's webinar on female songsters, a recording is available here (until next month's meeting): https://tinyurl.com/cbc-2021-11-Odom For those asking for a list of North American birds with known female songs, see Appendix Table 5 in this Auk article from 2018:

[cayugabirds-l] Saturday Beginner Bird Walks at Sapsucker Woods

2021-09-26 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
The Cayuga Bird Club will be restarting beginner bird walks at Sapsucker Woods, every Saturday starting at 8:30am, beginning with this coming Saturday, October 2. The Visitor Center will be closed October 2, but will be open from 10am-4pm starting the following Saturday, October 9. These walks are

[cayugabirds-l] Bell Station Auction canceled!

2021-09-24 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Governor Secures Agreement with NYSEG to Cancel Planned Auction of 470-Acre Bell Station Landing Parcel https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/during-climate-week-governor-hochul-announces-agreement-secure-future-protection-largest Thanks to all who helped make this happen! Suan -- Cayugabirds-L

[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Webinar recording

2021-09-17 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
FYI, the recording from Monday's Cayuga Bird Club webinar - "Northern Cardinal Urban Ecology" by Dan Baldassarre, is available here: https://tinyurl.com/cbc2021baldassarre The recording will be available until next month's webinar. Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] FLLT Bell Station Webpage

2021-09-09 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
The FLLT just put up this webpage about the Bell Station issue: https://www.fllt.org/savebellstation If you haven't already, signing this change.org petition ( https://chng.it/yQdP6g8PyT ) is something you can do quickly; there are plans for the NYS senator and assemblyperson to send the list

[cayugabirds-l] Bell Station In Lansing Up For Auction

2021-08-31 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Towards the northwest corner of the Town of Lansing is a parcel of lakeshore property known as Bell Station, located between Nut Ridge Road and the former Cayuga Operating Company Power Plant. This approximately-471-acre parcel, owned by New York State Electric and Gas Co. (NYSEG), remains mostly

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cedar waxwings fly catching?

2021-08-15 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
I've seen waxwings passing fruit among themselves in the spring several times, but was luck to capture this photo once of a pair exchanging crabapples: https://www.instagram.com/p/CQmq_i-tfWo/ Suan On Fri, Aug 13, 2021 at 9:24 PM Richard Guthrie wrote: > The Stokes' on Cedar Waxwings passing

[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Golden Eagle Dryden

2021-07-22 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Forwarding a Golden Eagle sighting in Dryden, see below, in case anyone in the area wants to look up. Suan -- Forwarded message - From: Kevin Jones Date: Thu, Jul 22, 2021 at 6:16 PM Subject: Golden Eagle Dryden Hello Kevin and Susan: We have not met but I am reaching out to

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed.

2021-06-20 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On Sun, Jun 20, 2021 at 6:38 PM Nancy Cusumano wrote: > I have been thinking about this too. And to me the issue is, what is in it > for the farmer? If we are going to ask them to cut their fields up to go > around nesting sites, is the bird conservation issue enough for them? What > is the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed.

2021-06-20 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Thanks, Dave. As Cayuga Bird Club I've been wondering what, if anything, we could do about the situation. One dimension would be outreach and education and increasing general awareness, for which CAC chair Jody has stepped up to solicit volunteers, thanks! But I'd also toyed with a pipedream idea

[cayugabirds-l] Taughannock Peregrines

2021-06-20 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Two Thursdays ago (June 10) I happened to be up in T'burg, so stopped by to check out the Taughannock Peregrines. I found three nestlings in their eyrie playing with their food and flapping their wings as if ready to fledge. Two days later, on Saturday June 12, I ran across Mark Chao and Miyoku in

[cayugabirds-l] Binocular eyepiece covers

2021-06-15 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
If you lost your binocular eyepiece covers at Myers Park (at last night's Cayuga Bird Club picnic), let me know. Suan PS. It was fun seeings nests of both Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, but the Red-Headed Woodpecker did not show, though a couple of Red-Bellied Woodpeckers did hang out high above

[cayugabirds-l] Lindsay Parson Pileated nest cavity

2021-06-13 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Earlier in the spring I had spied a Pileated Woodpecker entering a nest cavity near Celia's Cup at Lindsay-Parsons. Last weekend I got a chance to revisit the hole, and got video of three feeding sessions: https://youtu.be/9bPgYmgk7q0 I debated whether to share its location, but sorta

[cayugabirds-l] Big Atlas Weekend June 25-27

2021-06-11 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
FMI: https://ebird.org/atlasny/news/big-atlas-weekend-june-25-27 -- Forwarded message - The New York State Atlas team is planning an exciting new event for this June: the first-ever Big Atlas Weekend

[cayugabirds-l] YB Cuckoo

2021-06-09 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Just heard the repeated single calls of a yellow-billed cuckoo outside my home / office. Coupled with the BBCU from last month, that's both cuckoos as new yard birds for me this season! Again, once I got outside it stopped calling and could not be found. Is it just me, or have the black-billed

[cayugabirds-l] YT Vireo, Sw Thrush

2021-05-28 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
A yellow-throated vireo, new yard bird for me, is singing outside my house right now. A couple days ago, while walking around the six-mile creek area, I heard a Swainson's Thrush singing from some hemlocks, my first time hearing this song in the area (I'd only ever heard it in the pacific

[cayugabirds-l] Jeff Well's presentation

2021-05-11 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
A recording of Jeff Well's presentation last night for the Cayuga Bird Club meeting, "The Biggest Bird Conservation Story You’ve Never Heard - the Boreal Forest of North America", is now available here: https://tinyurl.com/cbc2021jeffwells The links he provided at the end of his talk is also

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Orange Crowned @ Hawthorn

2021-05-07 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
As pointed out by several people, I meant of course Orange-Crowned Warbler. That's what happens when trying to type on your phone while walking down the recway, I guess. (Hard to blame auto-correct for this one, though.) Meanwhile, it's interesting that the OCWA did not fire off an ebird alert as

[cayugabirds-l] Zoom Social Tomorrow

2021-05-02 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Hi all, This is a reminder that the Cayuga Bird Club will have a Zoom Social Hour tomorrow (Monday) at 7:30pm, to informally socialize and chat about sightings or anything else. Register in advance here: https://tinyurl.com/cbc202105social Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] GBH fishing show

2021-04-25 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Along the Montezuma wildlife drive yesterday morning, I was most captivated by the fishing show put on by the Great Blue Herons. Here's one of many video clips I took (the rest I probably won't have time to edit til -- who knows when?):

[cayugabirds-l] Pine Warbler

2021-04-25 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Just had a surprise new yard bird: a pine warbler checking out my small garden bed right outside my picture window not five feet away, here in Commonland by Six-Mile Creek. The view out that window is towards a grove of pines and spruces, from which trills are frequently heard, but which I'd

[cayugabirds-l] Lo. Waterthrush @ Six-Mile Creek

2021-04-08 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Louisiana Waterthrush is back singing here along Six-Mile Creek upstream from the second dam reservoir. Also here is a Winter Wren singing for at least a few days if not weeks, who I was finally able to see. Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Snow Goose Takeoff Protocol

2021-04-06 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
So during last month's Snow Goose gathering at Cayuga Lake State Park, I took a number of videos, and this one in particular showing the explosive takeoffs, repeated in slow motion, I found particularly interesting: https://youtu.be/3hRIJEPQ7qM When the geese on the far side first take off,

[cayugabirds-l] Zoom Social Hour

2021-04-03 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Join us Monday, April 5, at 7:30pm for the Cayuga Bird Club's monthly Zoom social hour, as we chat informally about birds, sightings, and anything else we want to talk about. All are welcome. Register at: https://tinyurl.com/cbc202104social Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Lo. Waterthrush? @ Mulholland

2021-04-01 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
In my evening jog around Mulholland Wildflower Preserve, I saw a songbird foraging under the waterfall opposite the creek at the inner loop trail. I didn't have binoculars, so could only make out brown upperparts and light underparts, showing almost white at one point. I couldn't make out any

Re:[cayugabirds-l] A song ID quiz

2021-03-26 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 12:13 PM Suan Hsi Yong wrote: > > This song was heard in a nearby yard here at Commonland, near the > woods of the Six-Mile Creek natural area. Can you identify the singer? > > https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/videos/10226149699586952 Answer:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Merlin reports

2021-03-26 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
FWIW, last weekend while driving up the lake, I spied a brownish falcon hunting the field immediately south of the King Ferry winery. When I pulled over to check it out it flew away to the east and I could never get a binoculared look to ID it, but I think it was a merlin. Suan -- Cayugabirds-L

[cayugabirds-l] A song ID quiz

2021-03-26 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
This song was heard in a nearby yard here at Commonland, near the woods of the Six-Mile Creek natural area. Can you identify the singer? https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/videos/10226149699586952 I'll post the answer in a day or two after giving people a chance to guess. Suan PS, if you

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Yesterday's Snow Geese

2021-03-23 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
I meant Cayuga Lake State Park (in Seneca Falls), not Seneca Lake State Park (where a handful of snow geese have been residing year round). Suan On Mon, Mar 22, 2021 at 11:21 PM Suan Hsi Yong wrote: > > Yesterday afternoon the snow geese hung out on the shore of some > houses betwe

[cayugabirds-l] Field Trip this coming Sunday

2021-03-22 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
This coming Sunday, March 28, I will be leading a Cayuga Bird Club field trip. We will meet at Stewart Park, east end, at 8:00 am. Please register in advance with me (suan.y...@gmail.com). There is a limit of six cars. We will drive up the east shore of the lake, stopping at various points

[cayugabirds-l] Yesterday's Snow Geese

2021-03-22 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Yesterday afternoon the snow geese hung out on the shore of some houses between Seneca Lake State Park and Wolffy's. Many visitors got to see them, though parking on lawns became a problem which prompted the police to come by to remind people to stay off private property. I was there a couple

[cayugabirds-l] 50 Robins

2021-02-15 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Just had at least 50 American Robins fly into the trees outside my window here in Commonland on East Hill / Six-Mile Creek. They hung out in the trees for about a minute before flying off. 50 is a conservative lower-bound count of what I could see. When they departed, there were small waves flying

[cayugabirds-l] Field Birds

2021-02-08 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
With the sunny weather I decided to take the afternoon off and drive around north of Lansing looking for field birds. With the high snow depth they were pretty easy to encounter, foraging by roadsides and flushing on approach. Those wanting to look for them, just drive slowly along any of the

[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Zoom Social Monday 7:30pm

2021-01-30 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
The Cayuga Bird Club will be having its monthly Zoom Social Hour this Monday (February 1) at 7:30pm. This is an informal get-together to see each other and share our sightings or chat about anything we want. All are welcome. Register ahead of time at https://tinyurl.com/cbc202102social Thanks.

[cayugabirds-l] Invitation to participate in perceptual expertise study

2021-01-11 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Hi all, Last month I was contacted by Jim Tanaka, a professor in the Cognition and Brain Sciences program in the Psychology Department at the University of Victoria. His research focuses on visual expertise and perceptual experts, and he is currently working on a project to compare the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake may be in danger

2021-01-11 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Has this been reported in any of the local presses? That might be a good place to start increasing awareness. More generally, I'm not finding any web presence at all describing this issue with any authority. Are the homeowners along the lakeshore and nearby aware of this? They would seem most

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Future of Lott Farm & Basin Upland Sandpipers?

2021-01-10 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
As Cayuga Bird Club president, I'll bring this up for discussion at our next executive committee meeting. It sounds like engaging with the Lotts might be a good first step. Meanwhile, if anyone wants to play an active role in pursuing this further, perhaps with the backing of the bird club, let me

[cayugabirds-l] Hoster-Stahl Gyrfalcon Video

2020-12-20 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Yesterday morning I drove up to Hoster Road through the most beautiful hoary landscape, arrived to see the gyrfalcon fly from the northernmost rock pile to the lone tree east of Hoster Road, as close to the bird as I'd yet gotten. It eventually took off and flew around back to the eastern edge of

[cayugabirds-l] CBC Zoom Social Hour

2020-12-04 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Starting next week, on the first Monday of each month, Cayuga Bird Club will be hosting a Zoom Social Hour. This will be a Zoom meeting where everyone can speak, see each other's faces and just chat informally. Please join us for our first social hour on December 7 at 7:30 pm. Register:

[cayugabirds-l] Sunday Sandhill Cranes

2020-12-02 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Here's a video I took of the Sandhill Cranes from the Montezuma Visitor Center last Sunday morning (some of you will have seen this on Facebook): https://youtu.be/U8kAPslmkWE Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Shackham Red Crossbills

2020-11-23 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Here's a video I took on Saturday of the red crossbill flock at the corner of Shackham and Morgan Hill Roads. https://youtu.be/HJ3KyhCsoxQ Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Dryden Lake dam removal

2020-11-21 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Hi all, -- Begin Forwarded message - This is a head’s up that the Dryden Conservation Board is considering removing the dam at Dryden Lake. It’s leaking and needs to be repaired/replaced. Somebody said they should just take it out and “free the rivers,” and it’s being considered.

Re: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT

2020-11-12 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
At Taughannock this morning 11 loon watchers showed up without prior arrangement. I arrived just before sunrise (6:53am): 6:53-7:08 : 10 southbound 1 northbound 10 on water 7:08-7:23 : 56 southbound 5 northbound 7:23-7:38 : 9 southbound 1 northbound 11 on water 7:38-7:53 : 7 southbound 1

[cayugabirds-l] Cooper's Hawk

2020-10-09 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On my evening jog I came upon a Cooper's Hawk in the middle of Terrace View Drive. I initially felt bad when I flushed it carrying a prey to a nearby tree, but soon a car came by which would no doubt have flushed it anyways. Must have been just freshly caught. Prey looked dark and biggish, likely

[cayugabirds-l] GH Owl Singing

2020-10-05 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
A Great Horned Owl was singing this evening at Six-Mile Creek, repeating the classic sequence of hoots starting around 7pm from the hills south of the second dam reservoir. Let the courting begin, I suppose. Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

Re: [cayugabirds-l] 62293329826__69A47249-B827-47B1-B6A0-0AE4740529C1.jpeg

2020-09-27 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On Sun, Sep 27, 2020 at 5:04 PM Jgaffne2 wrote: > > Can anyone help me with this one? Raptor with a facial disk like an owl but clearly not an owl: that would be the Northern Harrier. Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Phalarope off Stewart Park

2020-09-14 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Pat Martin wrote: > Did you see it well enough to ID it to species? No, I'm not too unfamiliar with their fall plumage, or with distinguishing them in general, honestly. Checking Sibley's now, the thing that made me think peep was the stripe down its wings during flight, which looks like

[cayugabirds-l] Spring Bird Videos

2020-07-14 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
So this spring I started dabbling in the annoyingly time-consuming art of bird videos instead of just photos. I've uploaded a selection to this YouTube playlist. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL82kt6INyDLjPuX_6Xyw4IvAk3PbiWBv- Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Magnolia Cuckoos @ Park South

2020-07-05 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Somehow I hadn't visited Park Preserve this spring, so I went this morning around 8am, not as early as I'd hoped. I was halfway surprised that the parking lot was empty, but figured everyone probably stayed up late for fireworks or whatever. Magnolia Warblers seemed to be singing from all

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Migratory Bird Teaty Act

2020-06-16 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Lynn Bergmeyer wrote: > I'm all for leaving the nest alone is best. I do have a question though. > I thought house finches were non native? > House finches are native to the west, and were introduced to the east where they have established themselves. Since they're still a native of North

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Shindagin "Bittern"

2020-06-07 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Videos from Shindagin Hollow yesterday: Canada Warbler: https://youtu.be/GPuy91ZZhts Mourning Warbler: https://youtu.be/gxwW9fmE_kk The mourning warbler was singing an interesting song ending with a loud "chap chap chap", reminiscent (to me) of Northern Waterthrush. Suan -- Cayugabirds-L

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Murder most Fowl - Saturday 5/30

2020-06-01 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Would any local facility be willing to do a necropsy if someone were willing to retrieve the bodies? Suan On Mon, Jun 1, 2020 at 8:29 AM Gary Kohlenberg wrote: > Thanks John and Sue, > > What would the likelihood of botulism be in your opinion? The issues MNWR > had were some years ago and I

[cayugabirds-l] Lockdown Birding

2020-05-30 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Hi all, For the Cayuga Bird Club's next newsletter, I thought it might be interesting to collect people's perspectives on birding during the lockdown (and during the strange weather we've had in May). A short paragraph or even a single sentence per person could be interesting. Anything is

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Hawthorn, with Sound ID Question

2020-05-19 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
A few people were curious to know which bird made the repeated "mip" call from Hawthorn Orchard I recorded and posted last week: http://suan-yong.com/sound/2020-05-15-hawthorn-mips-3.wav Although some have suggested merlin and sharp-shinned, which both definitely do a form of that repetition

[cayugabirds-l] OOB Cayuta Bittern (etc)

2020-05-16 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Decided to drive down to Greensprings and Arnot Forest this morning (pretending SFO was still happening, I guess). The upper part had the usual suspects (Bobolink, Blackburnian, Ovenbirds too shy to pose for video, Towhees, Black-Throated Greens and Blues, Black and White). At the bottom, things

[cayugabirds-l] Hawthorn, with Sound ID Question

2020-05-15 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Walked to the hawthorns and back this morning. Quickly heard and saw a male scarlet tanager en route on Honness Lane, and later had two in the same tree along the recway. On a couple occasions they flew to the trunk of the tree and perched briefly woodpecker style -- too briefly for photos, alas.

[cayugabirds-l] Mixed Flock

2020-05-12 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Had my first warbler flock of the season this morning down in Six-Mile Creek, where I don't often go for warblers (because looking up from the bottom of a gorge makes warbler necking that much worse, and because I'd never encountered too many warbler migrants before). The songs included buzzers

[cayugabirds-l] Hairy Woodpeckers

2020-05-10 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
So last week I found a Hairy Woodpecker nest hole here in Commonland. It wasn't hard two find, as a pair was constantly and noisily squabbling around it. I got some video which I put together and posted on Facebook, link below. Although some of the behavior is quite clear, others are ambiguous,

[cayugabirds-l] Veery

2020-05-05 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
FOY veery in the woods here by Six-Mile Creek, hopping around silently checking out the large tree that fell over the winter, allowing for a great unbinoculared view of its spotless front and reddish upperparts. Also FOY for me Yellow Warbler down near the second dam. Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List

[cayugabirds-l] Ovenbird, etc

2020-05-01 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Yesterday while jogging before the storm, I flushed a small bird in the woods which looked to have the orange crown of an ovenbird, but couldn't be sure without binoculars. It was near another small bird on the ground pumping its tail, which I assumed was a Louisiana waterthrush. This morning I

[cayugabirds-l] Of Unleashed Dogs and Waterthrushes

2020-04-26 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Despite the drenching rain today, I did my daily jog. Around the trails of six-mile creek I passed two groups with dogs. The first dog came a-leapin' at my thigh, against my wish. The owners said their sorries as they feigned to tend its leash. The second dog, also unleashed, was sniffing as it

[cayugabirds-l] Blue-Headed Vireo

2020-04-24 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Just heard a blue-headed vireo singing quite loudly outside my window. New yard bird for me, and I guess also office bird (lots of new office birds for me this past month :-). A couple days ago I had a pretty close encounter with a blue-headed vireo while jogging the

[cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagle @ Second Dam

2020-04-21 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Highlight of my evening jog today (through a bit of every seasons, it seems) was an adult bald eagle flying across the second dam reservoir of six-mile creek, my first sighting of this species there. Meanwhile, "my" Louisiana Waterthrushes upstream from the second dam have been reliably singing

[cayugabirds-l] Share Your Stories (or Poetry, etc.)

2020-04-14 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Greetings, Since I took over editorship of the Cayuga Bird Club newsletter last fall, the job has largely been on auto-pilot, with plenty of club project and trip reports to fill the pages. For the coming issue(s), however, I anticipate having plenty of space to fill, and am welcoming

[cayugabirds-l] Red-Winged Blackbird busking?

2020-04-03 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Yesterday morning at the Arboretum, one of the Red-Winged Blackbirds was following each songspread with some begging chips and flutters: https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/videos/10222776117489508/ Confused young'un? Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Fox Sparrow @ Arboretum

2020-04-02 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
This morning, while photographing blackbird songs (sic) at the arboretum (with Marie), a curious whistling song persisted from behind, which I eventually tracked down as coming from a Fox Sparrow. Couldn't get close enough to get a video, alas. Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Snow Goose island, FOY Sandhill Cranes

2020-03-05 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Took the afternoon off hoping to find the snow geese at Mucklands, but en route I found a/the massive snow goose island between Dean's Cove and Aurora, so I parked at Dean's Cove hoping to see and video a full eruption which never came to pass, just a couple of "minor tremors". Starting around 4pm

Re: [cayugabirds-l] There male redwings, Mon West Danby area also

2020-02-20 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Anne Clark wrote: > We had actual females back in a marsh near Binghamton/Endicott as early as > February. Usually females did not show up until late march. I don’t mean > nest, just be seen in flocks and maybe visit the marsh. > Will all second-year males have "turned" by February, or could

[cayugabirds-l] GIAC merlins are back

2020-02-17 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
This morning around 9:45, two merlins were calling and interacting in the GIAC field. When I arrived, bird A was calling from the nest tree. Then bird B called from a tree north of the parking lot, and flew to the nest tree where it displaced bird A who flew to an adjacent leafless tree. Not long

[cayugabirds-l] SSW Hermit Thrush (I assume)

2020-01-19 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
This morning there was a Hermit Thrush at Sherwood Platform, hanging out with two Song Sparrows and some Juncos and Chickadees. It grabbed a few berries from the short tree over the corner of the platform (basically right above me) before flying off. I assume it's a hermit thrush from seasonal

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Kestrels & Merlins on the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count

2020-01-04 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On Sat, Jan 4, 2020 at 12:02 PM Dave Nutter wrote: > Hi All, > > Those of you who are Cayuga Bird Club members may have seen an article in > January’s newsletter that was based on my quick report (below) about the > Ithaca Christmas Bird Count compilation on the evening of January first. I >

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Loon Watch

2019-11-10 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Correction: period five should be: 7:35-7:50: 8 southbound, 3 northbound Suan On Sun, Nov 10, 2019 at 8:06 PM Suan Hsi Yong wrote: > For my first Loon Watch at Taughannock this morning, I had no idea what > turnout to expect. 0 seemed an understandable likelihood. Instead, about 20 &g

[cayugabirds-l] Loon Watch

2019-11-10 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
For my first Loon Watch at Taughannock this morning, I had no idea what turnout to expect. 0 seemed an understandable likelihood. Instead, about 20 people showed up, including some "civilians" who saw this announced in the Ithaca Times calendar. Air temp was around freezing, winds were moderate

[cayugabirds-l] SSW grouse and eagle?

2019-09-21 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
During this morning's beginner bird walk around Sapsucker Woods, we flushed a Ruffed Grouse from near "the" giant poison ivy vine. I think this is my first grouse at SSW. Later from Sherwood Platform we heard a couple yelps of a bald eagle coming from the west, though we did not see anything in

[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Eagle Show

2019-09-14 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
For this morning's Stewart Park bird walk, I wasn't expecting to see much given the strong south winds overnight and line of rain early, and sure enough, the waterfowl and warbler variety was lacking and nonexistent, respectively (just mallards and canada geese and a distant common merganser). But

[cayugabirds-l] Volunteer at Lab of O

2019-08-23 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Forwarding some Lab announcements I figured would be of interest to local birders... --- Volunteer at the Lab of O Share your love of birds by becoming a volunteer at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology! Volunteers guide our behind-the-scenes building tours, lead youth and family programs, table

[cayugabirds-l] More Merlin Videos

2019-07-27 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Some videos taken of the fledgling Merlins from Thursday morning: Did this young Merlin eat its own feathers? https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/videos/10220301374582482/ Two young Merlins: https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/videos/10220301505025743/ Merlin fledglings preening and calling:

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